Thursday, September 20, 2007

More stupidity in the United States Senate today...

The Senate voted on two "Sense of the Senate" resolutions today over the ad flap. Our idiotic Senator, John Cornyn, introduced an amendment to the 2008 defense authorization bill condeming personal attacks against Gen. David Petraeus which was agreed to, 72-25. However, prior to this vote, Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced a competing resolution condemning personal attacks on "any individual who is serving or has served honorably in the United States Armed Forces, by any person or organization" which only got a 51-46 vote and failed. Aside from wasting the Senate's time when they could be debating actual Iraq war policy as our troops fight and die, most Republicans showed their utter hypocricy for voting to condemb MoveOn for its "General Betray Us" ad but not voting to condemn the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, attacks on Sen. Max Cleland, etc.

Turning to amendments that actually matter, a vote on the Feingold-Reed amendment to prohibit funding for the war after troops have been safely redeployed by June 2008 (save for those involved in counterterrorism, training Iraqis, etc.) predictably failed by about the same margin as last time, 28-70. All the Democratic presidential candidate currently serving in the U.S. Senate voted in favor, save for Sen. Biden who didn't vote (though he did for Cornyn's stupid amendment).

Next up, the Levin-Reed bill to attach the firm June 2008 deadline but doesn't include a cutoff in funding. It seems pretty unlikely it will get any more Republican votes than last time.

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